Room at the top by John Braine, 1st/1st, 1957
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, (1957). First edition. This is a very good copy. The dust wrapper, with cover art by John Minton has been price clipped and suffers with light rubbing at the top and tail edges. On the reverse of the jacket are repairs to the spine ends and corners of the jacket. The rare and highly collectible band is present and without tears but suffers from a similar rubbing and discolouration / staining to the back of the band. There is a previous owner’s name inscribed in a neat hand on the front free endpaper. Throughout the copy, although generally bright and white, there are traces of mild foxing present which is also present on the front and side text blocks. Overall, this is a very good copy of a highly collectible title.
The first novel of what would become a glistening literary career. About the rise of an ambitious young man of humble origin and the socio-economic struggles undergone in realising his social ambitions in post-war Britain.